Artist Statement

Responding to issues of health, ecology and climate change, I work across social, cultural, and artistic practices. My unique art making practice focuses on learning and mastering new skills and forms of knowledge, developing effective replicable teaching systems, and inspiring the public to take action. Learn-Practice-Teach.

My decade-long trilogy of experimental, collaborative, and educational projects includes Nature Matching System, Sustainable. Organic. Stewardship. and New Earth. Nature Matching System is a franchise modal art project in which local communities and school children create murals and activate educational programs promoting nutrition and healthy eating habits. My multi-faceted project Sustainable. Organic. Stewardship. is a horticulture and cultivation enterprise fostering stewardship of the environment. In New Earth, I practiced living skills and invoke the power of rituals, and ancient myths to restore health and equilibrium to the planet.



Artist Tattfoo Tan’s practice focuses on issues relating to ecology, sustainability and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral and educational in nature. Tan has exhibited at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, Parsons the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, 601 Tully: Center for Engaged Art and Research at Syracuse University, Macalester College, Ballroom Marfa, Creative Time, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Tan’s projects have been presented by the Laundromat Project, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for the Arts program, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program. His work has been published by Gestalten and Thames and Hudson.

Tan has been widely recognized for his artistic contributions and service to the community, and is the proud recipient of a proclamation from The City of New York. He is the recipient of grants from Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Staten Island Arts.  In 2010, Tan received the annual Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York for his design and branding of the Super-Graphic on Bronx River Art Center. He currently serves on the Mayor's Citizens' Advisory Committee to support the development of a Comprehensive Cultural Plan and as NYFA's Artists Advisory Committee.


Short Biography

Tattfoo Tan is an artist who collaborates with the public on issues relating to ecology, sustainability and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral and educational in nature.


Solo Exhibitions

2019  Heal the Man in order to Heal the Land, Newhouse Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York

2017  Wilderness Camp, Brooklyn Children Museum, Brooklyn, New York

2014  S.O.S. at Culture Lounge, Staten Island Arts, Staten Island, New York


2013  New Earth MRE in conjunction with Marfa Dialogues/New York, Staten Island

2011  S.O.S. Guilds, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

2009  Black Gold with Abigail DeVille curated by José Ruiz at Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York

2008  Eat Draw Play, Azarian McCullough Art Gallery at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, New York

          Cuisine du Jour, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, New York

          PONDering, Earlville Opera House, Earlville, New York

2007  Everyone Is An Artist, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, South Carolina

2006  PONDering, Peng Gallery, solo show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

          Passage, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, New York

          Tattfoo Tan New Paintings, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, New York, New York

2005  TanahAir: The Cultral Hybrid Series, Peng Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2004  Secret Garden, David Allen Gallery, solo show, Brooklyn, New York

          Paintings From Within, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, solo show, New York, New York

2001  SG Series, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, solo show, Brooklyn, New York

          Tanah Air, The Cultural Hybrid, The Cultural Project, solo show, New York, New York


Group Exhibitions

2020  Interdependency Now, Eirini Linardaki, Jenny Marketou, Vincent Parisot, Peter Soriano, Juanli Carrion,
          Julien Gardair, Tattfoo Tan, Radiator Arts, Queens, New York

          Catalyst, Gracie Mansion, New York, New York curated by Jessica Bell Brown

2019  No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab and NYC Health+Hospitals/Kings County: (after)care, curated by
          Amalie Frederiksen, Maleke Glee, Lillian Hanan Al-Bilali, Sofia Jamal, Katrina D. Jeffries, Fang Yu Lee,
          Shimrit Lee, Julie Yunhee Moon, Ogemdi Ude, and Margot Yale, Brooklyn, New York

          Install/De-install, 601Artspace, New York, New York

2018  Build Better Tables, Nashville TN, collaborated with Courtney Adair Johnson, curated by Nicole Caruth,           Commissioned by Metro Art

          Ecological Consciousness: Artist as Instigator, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York

          Staying Alive exhibition at the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. Curated by Sulsolsal (Hannes Bernard & Guido           Giglio), Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey

2017  Our Food Access, Hiram Van Gordon Gallery, Tennessee State University, Tennessee

          Being Well: In Search of Utopia, Old Stone House, Brooklyn, New York

2016  On The Table, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

          Social Ecologies, Rail Curatorial Projects, Brooklyn, New York

          Living Together: Naturing Nature in the Built Environment, William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey

          What Grows in East New York, Brooklyn Arts Council and Brooklyn Born, Brooklyn, New York

2015  I Serve Art, curated by Sara Reisman, Purchase College SUNY, Purchase, New York

          Make Things Happen, curated by Christine Wong Yap, Interface Gallery, Oakland, California

          The Value of Food, curated by Robin Kahn and Kirby Gookin, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York

          FOODshed, curated by Amy Lipton, CR10, Hudson, New York

          Color Coded, GrizzlyGrizzly, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

          Menu for Mars, The Boiler Space, Brooklyn, New York

2014  FOODshed: Agriculture and Art in Action, An upstate/downstate NY survey of artists who work with food and           agriculture, curated by Amy Lipton, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

          Paths to Pier42, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, New York, 2014

          Bumbleshoot, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington, August 31-September 1, 2014

          Out To See, curated by Sara Reisman, South Street Seaport, New York, New York, March 1-2, 2014

2013  Upstream/Downstream, curated by Ruthann Godollei, The 2013 Southern Graphics Council International           Printmaking Conference, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee,
          March 20 – 23, 2013

          Common Interests: Mobility and Transformation of Public Life, curated by Sara Reisman,
          Rowan University Art Gallery, New Jersey, January 22 through March, 2013

          FEAST! The Art of Playing With Your Food, The New Children's Museum, San Diego, California

          MoMA Design Store, Destination: NYC, Nature Matching System Placemat will be available in store & online

          Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots
          American University Museum in Washington D.C. Sept 6-Nov 24 Reception: Sept 6, 2013
          Arlington Art Center, Arlington, Virginia, June 26-Oct 27 Reception: June 29, 2013

          Debris Field, curated by Lisa Dahl, Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York

          Nourish: An Exploration of Consumption, 601Tully, Syracuse, New York 

2012  Re:Green, Martha Gault Art Gallery, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

          S.O.S. L-A-W-N at Arthur M. Berger Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York

          Trash Talk, curated by Lisa Dahl, Spattered Columns, New York, New York

          Made You Look: Hidden Narratives Unveiled, Spattered Columns, New York, New York

          Core77 Open: All City All Stars on the occasion of New York Design Week, 350 Bowery, New York, New York

          Art, Environment, Action! Parsons The New School for Design, New York, New York

          Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots, Contemporary Arts Center,
          Cincinnati, Ohio

2011  With Food in Mind curated by Nicole Caruth at The Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

          Contain, Sustain, Maintain, curated by Sara Reisman, Welmoed Laanstra and Ernesto Santalla,
          Artisphere, Arlington, Virginia          

          Chat Room curated by Krista Saunders at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

          Toy and Game with a Twist at Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, New York

          Round 34: Matter of Food curated by Ashley Clemmer-Hoffman and Linda Shearer
          at Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas

          LUMEN, curated by Denise Carvalho, Staten Island, New York

          Mobility, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York

          Marie Celeste, Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut

2010  Brooklyn Utopias: Farm City curated by Katherine Gressel and Derek Denckla at Old Stone House,
          Brooklyn, New York

          Irrelevant: Local Emerging Asian Artists Who Don’t Make Work About Being Asian, Arario Gallery,
          New York, New York

          NMS and Lights Resolve’s animated graphic at LUMEN at Atlantic Salt, Staten Island, New York

          Food Game, Game Play: A Juried Exhibition of Art Inspired By Games at H. Don and Connie J. Osborne Family           Gallery at the Dr. C.C. and L. Mabel Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

          Hope-a-holic, curated by Patrick Grenier, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York

2009  Mobile Garden and Sign of Growth with Simonetta Moro, Eve S. Mosher and students of Eugene Lang College           at Art in Odd Places along 14th Street, New York, New York

          Photopurri at This & That International Mail Art Swap, Curated by Christine Wong Yap and exhibited in Involved,           Socially curated by Michelle Blade at Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco

          Plan B curated by Krista Saunders at NurtureArt, Brooklyn, New York

          Value Pack at Art By The Ferry Festival, Staten Island, New York

          NMS-Nature Matching System animated graphic projecction, debut with Lights Resolve at High Line Ballroom,
          New York, New York

          NMS-Nature Matching System Seceen Saver, available for free download at

2008  Metro Poles: Art In Action, at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, New York, curated by Heng-Gil Han,
          Robert Lee of Asian American Arts Centre and José Ruiz of Bronx River Art Center

          Bread Rock in The Last Supper-Film, Art, Music, Food Festival, Brooklyn, New York

          Fake Attraction in Conflux Festival, St. George, Staten Island, New York

          Open Secret in Living Room, a project of Flux Factory in conjunction of Open House New York,
          curated by Chen Tamir, New York, New York

          “This Case of Conscience”: Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance, Share-A-Prayer,
          Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York, curated by Valerie Smith and Hitomi Iwasaki

          Violence Transformed, Doric Hall, Massachusetts State House, Boston, Massachusetts,
          curated by Jonathan Shirland

          My El Barrio in Art for Change’s (an organization that provides a forum for creating innovative art and media
          programs that inspire people to take an active role in social justice) Hacia Afuera, New York, New York

          Memento Mori, The F.U.E.L. Collection, LLC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, curated by Katerina Lydon-Warner

          Artist in Residency 2007 Showcase, Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

          Fine Art Adoption Network Selection Showcase, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, New York

2007  Bread Rock at Drift Art Project, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, New York, New York,
          curated by Eileen Torpey and Bradley Antone Pecore

          Bread Rock at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, DUMBO Art Festival, DUMBO Art Center, Brooklyn, New York

          The Field, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Queens, New York, curated by Heng-Gil Han

2006  Tattfoo Tan and Cindy Suriyani, Paulina Miller Gallery, Pheonix, Arizona

          Welcome/Home, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, group show, New York, New York

          Making a Difference through the Arts, Cityarts Benefit, The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York

          Repetition; negotiating the irrationalities, ArtSpace@16, group show, Malden, Massachusetts

          Between Two Worlds: Reflections of Contemporary Chinese Art, Flushing Council on Culture & the Arts,
          Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, Flushing Town Hall, Queens, New York

          Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, New York

          Works on Paper, Flux Factory, group show, Long Island City, New York

2005  Postcard from the Edge, Benefit for Visual AIDS, Robert Miller Gallery, group show, New York, New York

          Rain Event Benefit, Contemporary Art Center, group show, New Orleans, Louisiana

          The Asian Poster, Track 16 Gallery, group show, Santa Monica, California

          Nutureart “Nurturing the New ‘05”, Spike Gallery, group show, New York, New York

          CityArts Benefit, The American Society, group show, New York, New York

          Biannual All Artist Show, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, group show, New York, New York

2004  Works on Paper, Peng Gallery, group show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

          Draw, Drawing, Gallery 32, group show, London

          Affordable Art Fair, Latin Collector, group show, New York, New York

2003  The Invisible Thread, The Buddhism Project, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York

          New York Paints, Paul Sharpe Contemporary Art, New York, New York

          DNA Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts

2002  Ambience, Art Corridor, Malden Cable Television Network, Malden, Massachusetts

          Small Works, ArtSpace@16, Malden, Massachusetts

          Get Real Art, New York, New York

          Gallery Petite, Clinton, New Jersey

          Salon Show, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, New York

2001  Gift Show, Mastel+Mastel Gallery, Brooklyn, New York


Programs, Presentations, Workshops and Curation

2022 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program with Kariny Padilla 

          Brooklyn Free Radio, The Truth to Power Show - Ep. 226: Oneness Truth 

2020  New Earth Ceremony, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York

          Earth Day Celebration, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island, New York

2019  Asian American Arts Alliance’s panel, Art, Environment, and Justice in a changing world, Brooklyn, New York

          New Earth Ceremony, What's Next? There's No Time like the Future at Highline Art, New York, New York

          New Earth Ceremony, The Take Care Series at LMCC, Governors Island, New York

2018  Portable Altar, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

2017  New Approaches to Environmental Art, Art Students League of New York, New York

          New Earth Resilienecy Training Module at (EMERGE)NCY ART ZONE: A Community Art & Data Lab at Kings           County Hospital, No Longer Empty, Brooklyn, New York

          New Earth Resilienecy Training Module all day professional developmental workshop, Museum of the Moving           Image, Queens, New York

2016  Siting, Transforming and Interacting: Contemporary Artists and Public Space, Christie’s, New York

          Rising Waters Confab II, The Rauschenburg Residency, Captiva Island, Florida

          New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: Social Practice with
          Aida Sehovic, Mersiha Mesihovic, Olga Karyakina

2015  New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program with Fiona Cashell

2014  Terroir: Peter Edlund, Anne Percoco and Marion Wilson
          Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York, May 26 to June 21 (curation)

          From Staten Island to Queens, Open Engagement 2014, Queens Museum, New York

          Foodstand & Change Food Present: Storytelling and Food at Purpose, New York, New York

          AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, Open to the Public Symposium held in conjunction with the           exhibitions Polis: 7 Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space, the Swiss Touch in Landscape           Architecture, and Open to the Public: Civic Space Now

2013  Making Art with Food in Mind with Nicole Caruth at Just Food’s Eat Work Grow Conference,
          New York, New York

          New Earth MRE, From the Neighborhood Up: A citywide Forum on Culture and Community, The Naturally           Occurring Cultural District Working Group (NOCD-NY), El Museo Del Barrio, New York, New York

          Unisphere (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam), Queens Museum of Art Gala, Queens, New York

          Intro to the NY Art World: Panel Discussion, moderated by Krista Saunders, with the panelists
          Suzanne Broughel, Lisa Kim, Tattfoo Tan, Dexter Wimberly and Lori Zimmer, 3rdWard, Brooklyn, New York

          Why Resiliency Now? (A Modern Primitive Exchange), Imagining America, Artists and Scholars in Public Life,
          2013 National Conference, Syracuse, New York

2012  Feeding the World: Globalization, Food, and Agriculture in the 21st Century, Macalester College,
          St. Paul, Minnesota

          Visiting Artist at 601 Tully, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

          Salute to Women in the Arts, an affiliate of the Art Center of Northern New Jersey

2011  Ecoartspace at The New New York, Green Home NYC’s DIY Green Block Party, Brooklyn, New York

          Urban by Nature with Vincent Appel and Everett Hollander at BMW Guggenheim Lab, New York, New York

          A-Lab Forum: ARTE SOCIAL presented by Queens Media Arts Development, Queens, New York          

          New New Yorkers Student Council presentation at Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York

          The People’s Potluck, New York City, supported by MAPP International Productions

          S.O.S. Guilds, an artist initiated grant program using art as a tool for social change on sustainability
          and ecology.
          Raising Chickens in NYC, Socrates Academy: Skills for Resourceful City Living, Socrates Sculpture Park,
          Long Island City, New York

2010  Agents of Change: Artists and Sustainability, Brandon Ballengee, Jackie Brookner, Eve Andree Laramee,
          Stacy Levy, and Tattfoo Tan Moderated by Amy Lipton and Patricia Watts of ecoartspace, Parsons The New
          School for Design Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, NY, NY, Co-hosted by
          ArtTable, ecoartspace, and the Sheila C. Johnson Center at Parsons The New School of Design, December 10

          Creative Action and Everyday Urban Agriculture, Living Concrete / Carrot City at The Sheila C. Johnson Design           Center, Parson The New School for Design

          Salt at Queens Museum of Art’s 2010 Gala, Queens, New York

          Mobile Garden attending NYU Program Board and Earthmatters programming at
          Solar One, New York, New York

          Mobile Garden attending St. George Day, Staten Island, New York

          The Urban Wilderness Action Center (UWAC) is a project initiated by Eyebeam alum Jon Cohrs,
          in collaboration with the Eyebeam Student Residents (New York), Eyebeam Education Coordinator
          Stephanie Pereira, and UK-based artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung (UK). The UWAC project includes a web platform
 and a day of action where people from NYC, Berlin, and London will
          work with together to design and disseminate specific guerrilla gardening projects.

          Umami ( Food & Art Festival ): Urban Garden Roundtable, Sunday, March 14th, Solar One, Green Energy,
          Arts & Education Center, Stuyvesant Cove Park, FDR Drive at 22nd Street.

          Visiting Artist at Pratt Institute on the topic The Role of Object in Arts and Cultural Management Program class

2009  Enacting Change: The Artist’s Role in Social and Political Transformation: panel discussion at inaugural Artist           Forum at Art in General, Shelly Bahl, (The Work Office) Katarina Jerinic and Naomi Miller, Akiko Ichikawa,
          Barrie Cline, Jenny Zhang, (Eteam) Franziska Lamprecht & Hajoe Moderegger, Nicky Enright, Cassie Thornton

          Visual Art & New Media grant review panel for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, New York

          The Queens Museum of Art and MetLife Foundation’s First Sunday for Families Artist Workshop,
          presenting Food Game, May 3, 2009

          Contemporary Interpretation of Traditional Philosophy by Tattfoo Tan at Fashion Institute of Technology

          An online conversation between students of California Institute of Arts and artist Tattfoo Tan,
          moderated by artist Patrick Killoran

          “Community, Public, and Intervention Art: Creating Art in Your Community – A Cross-Borough Dialogue”.
          A Creative Conversation, hosted by the Americans for the Arts, the Council on the Arts and Humanities for                     Staten Island, and SICoLab, Cargo Café, 120 Bay Street, Staten Island. Panelists: Christoph and Trish           ( Emcee C.M., Master of None ( Chen Tamir, Flux Factory           (, Tattfoo Tan

          Windows Advisory Committee for Tenement Museum (A New York City Museum that tells the stories of
          immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street, a tenement built in 1863 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side)

          Panelist in Visual Arts Panel Discussion, Breaking Into the Visual Arts presented by Council on the Arts &           Humanities for Staten Island, Panelists include: Andrea Horisaki-Christens, Assistant Curator, Art In General;           Staten Island Visual Artist, Tattfoo Tan, and John Leo, Co-Owner, Leo Kesting Gallery. Moderated by: Melanie           Cohn, COAHSI Executive Director  Location: Jewish Community Center (JCC) 1466 Manor Road, Staten Island,           New York

          Mobile Garden on board the Waterpod (Mary Mattingly’s floating sculptural habitat and community)
          as Artist in Residence

2008  Queens Museum of Art, Artist talk for the educators at Charles R. Drew Early Learning Center, June 5, 2008

          The Center for Book Arts, Artist-in-Residence artist talk with Catarina Leitão and Nicolás Dumit Estéves,
          May 16, 2008



2018  The Laundromat Project Alumni Award for Art in Community 2018

          NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in the category of Interdisciplinary Work

2016  Staten Island Arts, Art Fund Grant funded by Department of Cultural Affairs

2015  Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant

2014  Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Research and Travel Grant

          Art Matters Grant

          Staten Island Arts, Original Work Grants funded by New York State Council on the Arts

2013  Core77 2013 Design Awards, Food Design, Winner

2011  Love Your Block Grant, NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City, awarded for S.O.S. Guilds           Greenade wildflower planting campaign.

          Real Community Engagement, Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program

2010  Annual Awards for Exellence in Design, Public Design Commission of the City of New York, for the
          Rehabilitation of the Bronx River Art Center ,1087 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx. A Project of the
          Department of Design and Construction, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Bronx River Art Center
          by Sage and Coombe Architects and Tattfoo Studio

          S.O.S. Sustainable. Organic. Stewardship. in The Laundromat Project, Create Change Public Artist
          Residency Program, Staten Island, NY

          Mobile Garden Expo is made possible with grants from Summerfest, Council on the Arts & Humanities for
          Staten Island and supported by New York City Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program within the           Arteventions program

2009  Compiling Your Heirloom Recipe made possible with grant from FIT Diversity Council as Artist-in-Residence
          with Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, New York

          S.O.S. Sustainable. Organic. Stewardship., an urban farming project with grant from Council on the Arts &           Humanities for Staten Island, New York State Council on the Arts Original Work Grantees

          Nuevo Americana Recipe is made possible by JPMorganChase Arts In Our Communities Regrant.
          The project is printed as a special insertion to Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island newsletter

          Articulation, Celebrating The Art of Community & The Community of Art, Proclaimation presented by Council           member, Kenneth C. Mitchell, 49th District, City of New York

2007  Art for Recovery, Verazzano Foundation artist workshop with participants recovering from mental illness

          Artist-in-Residence Workspace Program, The Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

2006  Tin Shop Guest Artist program, The Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

2005  Premier Grant for “Multiple” a curated exhibition of Yoonjo Chun, Tamiko Kawata, Wen-Fu Yu
          from Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, Staten Island, New York

2004  Exhibiting Arts Award, Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, Staten Island, New York

          Emerge Six (artist professional development program and exhibition), ALJIRA, Newark, New Jersey

2003  The One Academy Platinum Achiever Awards, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2002  Singapore International Design Award, Singapore

1999  Arjo Wiggins Horseman Design Award, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Commissions / Public Art

2016  NERTM as part of Healthy Village at Claremont Village, commissioned by Casita Maria Center for Arts and           Education, Bronx, New York

2016  NERTM as FoodLab at Rankin Elementary, Elsewhere, Greensboro, North Carolina

2015  Nature Matching System mural and New Earth workshops, Philladelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia

2014  Nature Matching System mural and curriculum, 601Tully and Seymour Dual Language Academy,
          Syracuse, New York

2012  S.O.S. p:ARK, 5x5 projects, Washington, D.C., commissioned by DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities,
          DC Creates! Public Art Program

          Enri¢hed, commissioned by Umami Food & Art Festival, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York

2011  S.O.S. Pledge, Public Art commissioned by Percent for the Arts and School Construction Authority
          at PS 971, Brooklyn, New York

2010  S.O.S. Mobile Classroom, commissioned by fi:af French Institute Alliance Française:
          Crossing The Line-Farm City, Percent for the Arts and School Construction Authority

          DIrtY Dancing, Empire State Partnerships/TEDx at Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, New York

2009  Flushing Ethnography with Fashion Institute of Technology Presidential Scholars, the honors program in
          Flushing, Queens, New York

2009  Foodgame commissioned by Empire State Partnerships, NYC Regional Learning and Leadership Network           Spring Symposium at Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York

2008  NMS-Nature Matching System at Port Authority Bus Terminal, commissioned by Fashion Center Business           Improvement District and Time Square Alliance, New York City, New York

2008  NMS-Nature Matching System commissioned by Summer Workshop & Creative Lab of Empire State
          Partnerships at C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, New York

2008  DUMBO NMS-Nature Matching System mural, Front Street (between Adams and Pearl Street), Brooklyn,
          New York, commissioned by DUMBO Improvement District and Department of Transportation

2007  Re:construction: Concrete Jungle, public intervention, commissioned by The Lower Manhattan Cultural
          Council and The Downtown Alliance, site located on Broadway and Fulton Street

"If art is looking for a larger purpose beyond commodity and investment vehicle,
beyond entertainment and urban decoration, then this is it...Environmental health, social justice, and cultural achievement are not mutually exclusive"

- Twylene Moyer, The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency




The Anthropocene Cookbook, Zane Cerpina and Stahl Stenslie, MIT Presss, 2023 

The Artists and Designers Making Tarot Decks for Today, New York Times, T Magazine, 2022

Art Papers, Tattfoo Tan: Designing Rituals by Will Corwin, 2019

BOMB, Spiritual Praxis: Tattfoo Tan Interviewed by Louis Bury, The art of learning new skills, 2019

Brooklyn Rail, Heal the Man in order to Heal the Land by Kristen Racaniello, 2019

Art Uncovered with Kimberly Ruth, 2019

Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene by Alexandra Toland, Jay Stratton Noller, Gerd Wessolek, CRC Press, 2018

Screen Ecologies: Art, Screen Culture, and the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region, Larissa Hjorth, Sarah Pink, Linda Williams, and Kristen Sharp, MIT Press, 2016

Artist Tattfoo Tan Uses Food Waste To Create Survival Supplies, Lydia Chain, February, 2016

Art & Ecology Now, Thames & Hudson, 2014

Designing Here/Now, A global selection of objects, conceptsand spaces for the future, Thames & Hudson

Nutrition Isn't Pretty, Creative Time Reports, April 2014

The Social Function of Art, Sara Reisman and Saul Ostrow, 2013

The Growing Trend, Nicole J. Caruth,

Food Hazards, Artists dish on the challenges of working with food, Nicole J. Caruth
Published by Public Art Review Issue 46 and Walker Art

Green Acres, Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and Abandoned Lots, Sue Spaid, Contemporary Art Center, 2012

The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency, ISC Press, 2012

Courses and discourse, Jane F. Ragavan, The Star Malaysia, August 2011

Portrait of an Artist, Wily and Engaged, Christine Wong Yap, Art Practical, May 2011

New York Foundation for the Arts, Immigrant Artist Project Newsletter: Issue 15, August 24, 2010

Greenmonger at heart, Lim Ai Lee, The Star, September 12, 2010

Public Art; Paint-by-Vegetable Mural (With a Reminder to Eat Them), Haley Thurshwell, The New York Times,
February 28, 2008

Artist to fix eyesore with kids’ help, Adam F. Hutton, The Brooklyn Paper, January 19, 2008

A culinary window to immigrants’ home life, Sylvia Carter, Newsday, February 6, 2008

Pickled memories, Kate McKean, Metro, January 24, 2008

Art, food for thought at Tenement Museum, Michael Fressola, Staten Island Advance, January 27, 2008

Preserved memory by pickling in a bottle, Mike Liu, Sing Tao Daily, January 7, 2008

Immigrants cuisine made local, David Hsieh, World Journal, January 25, 2008

Dressing Up Those Bleak Downtown Construction Sites, David W. Dunlap, New York Times, November 2007

Downtowners deconstruct construction art, Margarita Lopez, Downtown Express, November 16, 2007

Dress your side walk in orange and yellow, Michael Fressola, Staten Island Advance, November 29, 2007

Construction site serve as canvas for art, Amy Zimmer, Metro, November 14, 2007

Kedah boy earns his stripes in Big Apple, Foo Yee Ping, The Star, December 1, 2007

Orange Zebra Stripes painted on concrete barrier, Mike Liu, Sing Tao Daily, November 26, 2007

DIY Art, Redux exhibit let’s you play around, Nick Smith, Charleston City Paper, October 10, 2007

Ancient art gets a modern touch, Leslie Brefeld, Summit Daily News, November 2006

Interpretation of Nature, David Hsieh, World Journal, April 18, 2006

Scholar Rock - reflection and contemplation, Mike Liu, Sing Tao Daily, April 10, 2006

Repetition, building new artistic play ground at Artspace@16, Sing Tao Daily, March 20, 2006

Between Two Worlds, group show in Flushing in celebration of Lunar New Year, Sing Tao Daily, January 31, 2006

Between Two Worlds, a group show of five Chinese Artist, Richard Liang, World Journal, February 1, 2006

A Multicultural Sampler, Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, December 25, 2005

Art Review, Holland Cotter, The New York Times, December 9, 2005

A Home for an Artist, and for Art, Fred A. Bernstein, The New York Times, November 27, 2005

Asian Artist is Leading Contemporary Art in Staten Island, Mike Liu, Sing Tao Daily, November 28, 2005

Tattfoo Tan: Tanah Air: The Cultural Hybrid Series, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, April 13-19, 2005

Tattfoo Tan solo exhibition in April at Philadelphia, Mike Liu, Sing Tao Daily, March 29, 2005

Paper World at Peng, Roberta Fallon,, November 29, 2004

Carving Out a Cultural Corner in Staten Island, Sarah Wyatt, New York Sun, November 16, 2004

Metaphor in Black and White, Mike Liu, Sing Tao Daily, June 2004

A Boom Grows in Brooklyn, James Kalm, New York Arts Magazine, 2004

Islands Hopping, Brian Glaser, Visual Arts Journal, School of Visual Arts Magazine, Fall 2004

Immersion in Art, Foon Fong Loh, The Star, Malaysia, June 2004

(Ad)venture, Laura Jean Watters, Council for the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, Arts and Letters,
March/April 2004

Finding Surprises as They Are Turned Up by the Karma Wheel, New York Times, Holland Cotter, November 7, 2003

A Poetry of Transience, Shambhala Sun, March 2004

Paintings from Within, Mike Liu, Sing Tao Daily, January 12, 2004

Artist Designer Launches in House Island Gallery, Michael Fressola, Staten Island Advance, February 23, 2003

Temple of art in the Big Apple, Johan Fernandaz, The Star, September 28, 2003

Malden Observer, November 28, 2002